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Doctor insights on: Minimally Invasive Open Heart Surgery

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Is minimally invasive heart surgery the same as open heart surgery?

Is minimally invasive heart surgery the same as open heart surgery?

Mostly....: The biggest difference is usually the incision size, with minimally invasive being smaller and often avoiding opening the breastbone. The actual surgical procedure, such as valve repair or bypass is often identical to the traditional approach. ...Read more

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Dr. Frederick Tibayan
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Heart Surgery (Definition)

Open intervention on the heart to correct congenital cardiac anomalies, repair replace heart valves, ascending aortic dissection repair, coronary bypass, heart transplant, surgical removal of heart tumors, ventricular assist devices, cox maze procedures to cure atrial fibrillation, repair of trauma to the heart. Repair of iatrogenic injuries to heart, heart-lung ...Read more


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What to do if i'm worried about an open heart surgery. Are there non invasive ways of performing such operations?

What to do if i'm worried about an open heart surgery. Are there non invasive ways of performing such operations?

Depends: Some problems can be addressed in some patients without surgery. Sometimes one approach is likely to be safer or have better results. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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When is open heart surgery needed vs less invasive options?

When is open heart surgery needed vs less invasive options?

Age and severity: Coronary artery disease is now often treated with stents placed during a cardiac cath, instead of open heart surgery. What is unclear is whether stents last as long as bypass, or if they are as good for multiple vessle disease. Younger patients, mand patients with more severe multiple vessel disease may do better with an open heart bypass. ...Read more

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I had open heart surgery. Can i still have children later?

I had open heart surgery. Can i still have children later?

In general, yes: Having your heart operated on, by itself, does not affect the ability to have children. Specific medications, like coumadin, (warfarin) or your particular heart condition, may affect this however. It is best to talk to your physician for specifics. ...Read more

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How long before i can start exercising after open heart surgery?

How long before i can start exercising after open heart surgery?

Heart Surgery: I ask my patients to walk 10-20 minutes twice daily right away but caution that they are not expected to set land speed records. This should be combined with a cardiac rehab program and increase to one hour twice daily. ...Read more

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What should I avoid eating before and after an open heart surgery?

What should I avoid eating before and after an open heart surgery?

Nothing after midnit: There are really no dietary restrictions before heart surgery really. After you will have to follow a low salt low fat diet with limited fluid intake. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I'm having open heart surgery soon, what to expect?

What do you advise if I'm having open heart surgery soon, what to expect?

Depends: Depends on what's wrong with your heart, what kind of surgery is planned, and what other medical issues you have. ...Read more

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Can you suggest some heart exercises that I can do after open heart surgery?

Can you suggest some heart exercises that I can do after open heart surgery?

Walking: The easiest and safest exercise is walking, but consult with your cardiologist before starting an exercise program and periodically afterwards. ...Read more

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I just had open heart surgery, is there a list of food suitable for my case after the operation?

Diet for heart: Your doctor should give you specific instructions on your diet depending on what your situation and illnesses are. ...Read more

Open Heart Surgery (Definition)

Not an easy answer. Open heart surgery describes surgical intervention under direct vision involving entering a heart chamber or coronary artery. Percutaneous interventions do not ...Read more